Follow this super easy DIY tutorial for natural lip balm and never complain about dry lips again
Store-bought balms often contain petrochemicals, salicylic acid (which dries lips and has several potential health implications), silicone oil (which locks out moisture) and other additives, such as phenol (which though banned in Canada may still be found in lip balms, and pesticides, originating Stateside).
While there are several brands recommended by the Cosmetic Safety Database for having no or low health impacts, you can also make your own! It's a fun project and offers a great way to control what exactly you put on (and in) your body. Plus, it's easy!
Super easy DIY tutorial for natural lip balm
Materials you'll need
Brick o' beeswax
In this recipe, we use cocoa and shea butter, to soothe and condition, as well as beeswax, which forms a barrier to keep the moisture in and provides the balm with staying power. You can also add avocado or red raspberry oil for a natural sunscreen.
Trust me, the hardest part of this tutorial is cleaning up afterwards!
2 oz almond oil
1 oz cocoa butter
1.5 oz shea butter
1.5 oz beeswax
1 tsp edible flavouring
¼–½ tsp avocado oil for SPF 6–8, or red raspberry oil for SPF 28–50
Yields approx. 25 3ml tubes or containers
Materials can be found at these Lower Mainland stores:
Voyageur Soap – Langley
Soap Craft – Maple Ridge
Suds N Scents – Abbotsford
Place all your ingredients together in a pot on the stove or in a Pyrex container inside a sauce pan with about an inch of water in it, heating slowly.
Pour into containers and let cool.
Feel free to halve the recipe, or pour the mixture into larger containers and use also as a cuticle cream or for rough hands and elbows!